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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
X % ‘ALL THE NEWS ALL THE TIME” VOL XVII., NO. 2399. JUNEAU, ALASKA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 1921. MEMBER OF ASSOCIATED PRESS. PRICE TEN CEN IS NEVADA SENATE VOTES TO BAR JAPS Nation’s Illiteracy Serious HOUSE COMMITTEE URGES ENACTMENT EDUCATIONAL BILL Federal Aid for Increasing Educational Facilities Is Recommended. U. S. TRAILING BEHIND Committee Says America Now Outranked by 8 Nations In Educational Level. WASHINGTON, Jan. 2G. — The House Committee on Education, re porting that the United States i. now outranked by eight other nations in the general education level of | their peoples, recommended passage' ! of the Smlth-Towner bill establish- j ing a Federal Department of Edu cation to extend Federal aid to in creasing educational faculties. The committee’s report said that j existing illiteracy is not a sectional j but a national problem, the United j States “trailing behind most of the civilized countries of the world from the standpoint of educational faci’.i ties." The House Roads Committee today reported a bill calling for appropria tion of $100,000,000 for public roads 1 during the next fiscal year. Washington May Adopt Road Tax on Gasoline TACOMA, Wash., Jan. 26.—Adop tion of a tate tax on gasoline is being considered by J. Grant Hinklm Secretary of State of Washington, as a means of raising more funds for road building and of disbursing high way costs more equitably. “At present tourists do not pay any of the costs of -building #>t' keeping up state roads,” ,Mr. Hinkle said recently. “The gasoline tax would catch every person who uses the road directly in proportion to the amount he uses them." APPLAUSE PROVES COSTLY. SHERIDAN. Wyo , Jan. 26.—Pour men loudly applauded. when a jury found Mrs. Mildred French not ,'TuiIty of passing a fraudulent check. Their joy turned to grief when a stern judge fined each $5 for con tempt of court. WRECK REPORT FICTION. MANILA, P. I., Jan. 26.—Reports, of the wreck of the British steamer Isabella January 21 were invention-*] of two former members of the crew' •who had deserted, Gov. Gen. Burton Harrison announced today. SHINGLE MILLS RESUME. EVERETT, Wash., Jan. 28.—Five1 looal shingle mills, closed since the first of the year, have resumed op erations. 5 DAY WEEK STARTED. OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 26. — The Union Pacific Railroad today inaug urated a five day a week schedule for shopmen. Latest Bulletins By Special Cable CONSTANTINOPLE. Jan. 26.—The Allies have cei*ed Turkish customs, the last source of revenue for the Nationalist Government at Angora, according to reports current here to day. NEW YORK, Jan. 26.—Seven New York locals of the International La-, dies' Garment Workers’ Union, to day voted to strike. Union officials declared 26,000 workers would go out. SEATTLE. Wash.. Jan. 26.—The Seattle Times this afternoon says that private wires from unquestioned •ources in New York announce sale of the Seattle Post Intelligencer to William Randolph Hearst. Clark Net tleton and James Wood, respectively publisher and editor of the Post In telligencer. said they knew nothing of the reported sale. LENINE’S ULTIM ATUM DEFIED NICOLAI LENINE, Premier of the Soviet Government of Russia. Soviet Dictator’s Term to Socialists of World for Affilia tion with Third Internationale of Moscow Refused by Many Countries. __ I NEW YORK. Jan. 26.—Russian] Soviet Premier Nicolai Lenine's ulti matum to the Socialists of the world, Bivins them the "21 conditions” to which they must subscribe before they can be received into the Third or Communist Ihternatlonale of Mos cow, has met witii a widespread, if In many cases negative, response. It indicates a decided split in tiie ranks of the Socialist party in many coun tries judging by reports from abroad : In the fifteen nalions where such opinions have been expressed, four have been unqualifiedly against on lering the Third Internationale, one is undecided, three are divided ami seven in favor are opposed by de termined minorities. Lenine demanded, among other things, that Socialist organizations' must purge themselves of all mod erates, de.fy all national laws, under mine armies, gain control of the press, throw off the Allied "yoke," promote a world economic * crisis, condemn any league of nations, aid the soviet government and abandon for the blood and fire of “red revo lution" all conservative social demo cratic programs. Action on the Bolshevik dictator's terms has In on taken as follows: United States. , National Executive Committee of Socialist Party in refusing to recom mend affiliation said: "We concede to the Uuss-ian comrades the right to formulate their own internal poli cies without, interference from any other section of the working class movement of the world What we, concede to them we claim for our selves. Every resolution adopted by our party implies or claims this right for the American movement."I England. Leaders of British Labor Party1 and Trades Union Congress, in ap peal to Socialist and Communist parties of world urged efforts to "reconstitute the Internationale on a non-sectional basis.” Italy. Executive Committee of Italian Socialist Party voted to adhere to Internationale principles and ap pealed to I.eniue for aid but he (Continued on Pag-'- Five.) 48 FILIPINOS DIE IN STORM TOSSED SEA NEAR MANILA Coastwise Schooner Is Blown Ashore, Launch Wrecked , On Coral Reef. .MANIA, P I . Jan. 2ti Death or foriy-eight Filipinos, mostly women ;ind children, as the result of a fur ious storm now raging in this part of the Pacific was reported today. Thirty-six lives are reported to have been lost when the coastwise schooner Felicidah was blown ashore near the mouth of the Agno River. Twelve ot her Filipinos were drowned in the wreck of a launch on the island of Oasiguran, south east of here. The launch hit a coral reef and went down almost instantly UNIDENTIFIED STEAMER SENDS OUT “S. 0. S." CALLS NEW YORK, Jan 28.—Distress calls from an unidentified steamer 150 miles away were picked up by tin naval radio coimnunicrUon serv-| ice today it is believed the vessel may lie the Belgian steamer Can-1 non tor. Naval Base at Alameda, Cal. To Be Among World’s Largest ALAMEDA. Cal., Jan. 26.—The pro posed Pacific Coast naval base in Sun Francisco Bay, recommended by a joint Congressional Committee yes terday to lie built here, will he1 among the largest, in the world, ac cording to plans announced by the Navy Department. The base will bt situated on a tract of waterfront | property, covering eight and a thir.i square miles, deeded by the citizens of Alameda and surrounding districts; to the nation as a free gift. SCHWAB CLEARED OF CHARGES IN CONGRESS PROBE Walsh Committee Announces Accusations Against Steel Magnate Unproven. GREAT INJUSTICE DONE Bethlehem Corporation Head Did Not Fleece Ship Board, Investigators Assert. WASHINGTON, I). Jail. 20.—j Charges against tharics Schwab,! ii.ultimiilllonalre head of the Hethle-j hem Steel Corporation and former director of the Federal Emergency Fleet Corporation, made in connec tion with the Walsh Congressional Committee's investigation of the af fairs of the United States Shipping! Board, have not been proven and are untrue, members of the commit tee stated today. They declared a grave injustice had benn done the steel magnate. Schwab’s name first came into the inquiry when Col. E. II. Abadie, former Comptroller General of the Shipping Board, testitifil that a Gov ernment audit of the Board’s affairs had revealed payment by the Board of $200,000 to cover Schwab’s per sonal expenses in October, 1918,! when he was serving the Govern ment as Fleet Corporation chief at the nominal salary of one dollar a year. Col. A Hurtle's testimony was cor roborated by Porloy Morse, member of an accounting firm which audited the books of the Bethlehem Cor pora,! ion. Schwab made vigorous denial of the charges, declaring that he had not only paid his own expenses for October, 1P18 but for all of the re maining months of his services and that moreover, lie had never even collected the dollar a year salray. S. A Shick, general auditor of the Bethlehem Corporation, also tes tified that no voucher for any part of Schwab's expenses while serving with the Government had ever been charger! to ship construction as al leged by Col. Abartie and Mr. Morse. Capt. Locke Again Blamed For Sophia’s Toll of Death SEATTLE, Wash., Jan. 26.—Capt.1 E. Harrington, former first mate of! the Government Lighthouse tender! Cedar, testifying here in the hearing on motion to limit liabilities for dam 1 ages arising from the wreck of the | steamship Princess Sophia, in Lynn Canal in October, 1U18, today deelar-1 ed that all passengers could have been saved had ( apt. J. P. Locke, master of th<‘ vessel, given the word that they be taken off. Tim witness said the arrangements had been made to take the passen ger aboard ihe Cedar and that other boats were also standing by ready to go to the assistance of the Sophia. Georgia Town Virtually Wiped Out By Flamei ATHENS, Oa, Jan. 2fi.—A Ian?' part of the business section of Ath ens today was a mass of smoulder ing ruins follow ing a fire yesterday which destroyed many blocks will: an estimated loss of more than *1. 000,000. No loss of life occurod. The rapid spread of the blaze was due to explosion of gasoline drums scattering the flumes beyond control. GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 26. Two persons are dead, three other, are reported dying, and several are in critical condition here as a resub of eating preserved spinach. --- Women Applaud Attempt To Slay Negro in Court PITTSBURGH. Ian. 2«.—Mrs. Ml lian Bangham attempted to kill Wil liam Wilson, a negro charged with assaulting her. in a crowded court room yeterday. while forty or Ditty women spectators shouted "Kill him. we'll stand by you." Mrs. Hung ram pressed a pisloi against the negro’s body and pulled the trigger, but. the cartridge failed to explode A court officer then rushed the d icndant from the room DANIELS SOUNDS WARNING AGAINST NAVY DISARMING Secretary Declares Halting of Warship Construction Would Be Fatal Mistake. TAFT OF OPPOSITE VIEW Former President in Bermuda Interview Says Disarma ment Is Imperative. WASHINGTON, I). C„ Jan. 26.— Discussing Senator William E. Borah’s resolution, now before thej Senate, for an agreement between the United States, Great Britain and Japan to reduce naval armament. Secretary of Navy Josephus Daniels today declared that a suggested six months stop in construction of six battle cruisers now building would' be a "fatal mistake.” He deprecated proposals that building of capital ships be aband oned in favor of submarines and aircraft. HAMILTON, Bermuda, Jan. 2G.— I War between the United States and: (B eat Britain is unthinkable and the “enormous burden of debt in every civilized country makes it almost indispensable that the necessity for armament be removed," William Howard Taft, former President ofj the United States, who is spending a month's vacation here, said in an interview. “You can only do that by joint action and joint agreements and by promises of settling all differences without fighting,” he continued. Hopeful of League. “I am very hopeful that under Mr. Harding we shall reach a con clusion with other leading nations for an association or league which shall mark the advance brought about by the war toward reasonable machinery for the avoidance of fu ture conflicts. This will involve the fitting around the council table of all important nations and will imply the taking of joint measures to compose differences and to restrain a resort to the unsatisfaitory and bloody arbitrament of war. '‘Lately 1 have often been ques-; Honed as to the attitude of the United States toward Great Britain. Of iourse the United States consists of some 110,000,000 people with many different currents of though permating tlie mass. Many different groupings too will be found and there are some of these groups, more vocal than representative of real public opinion who manifest bittor feeling against Britain. But when an important question arises, when a real issue conies before us, then the sober public opinion of the United States asserts itself. War Inconceivable. “1 never have had the slightest concern over the relations of the two countries. Wo form the strong-j :-‘-t union for peace between nations that exist in the world today. We have got into the habit of settlingj all our differences by means of ne gotiation and arbitration. The great body of tiio peopio in the United States cannot conceive of a war be tween the two countries because they are confident that any matters in dispute can and will be settled eitIter by negotiation or by the judg ment of a court as with people in any domestic jurisdiction where law and order prevail.” Speaking of business conditions in the United States, he said they were not alarming. “We are a very re-| silient people and can fight our way out.” he said. “Congress is attempt ing to help in the matter of credits." 2 Kansas Bankers Plead Guilty of Embezzlement ( OKKKYVILLK, Kan . Jan 20 Allen S. and Rufus I’. Newman, j I resident and vice president respect liely of the defunct People's State It- nk, yesterday pleaded guilty of embezzlement and forgery and were each sentenced to serve thirty years in the state penitentiary. About $(50,000 was said to have been in volved in their speculations. Storm Levels 2,000 Poles, Wire Service Is Crippled OMAHA. Neb.. Jan. 20 — More Ilian 2.000 telephone and telegraph poles have been leveled by the weight of sleet and snow during the I .i t twenty-four hours' storm, it war. estimated today. Wire service is seriously crippled EARTH STRAINING UNDER MOVING MOUNTAINS, CLAIM i — i BERKELEY, Cal., Jan. 26 — I Mountains of the Coast Range near San Francisco are moving north, causing an enormous ; earth strain, according to Prof. I A. C. Lawson, of tjie University ! of California. In a geological bulletin issued here today the Professor asserts ! that. Mount Hamilton moved north at the rate of four feet j a year between 1893 and 1903 and since then has moved 2.2 1 feet each year. Mount Tamalpias, he says, ! registered a northerly movement | of 6.6 feet last year. SEATTLE ROBBER FATALLY SHOT BY INTENDED VICTIM Tacoma Man Opens Fire When Bandits Attempt to Strip Him of Valuables. SEATTLE, Wash., Jan. 26j.—M Marco, of Tacoma, one of a party of four breakfasting at. the Motor Inn near Auburn today, shot and probably fatally wounded an uniden tified bandit who attempted to hold-1 up and rob him. Two companions , of the bandit escaped. The wounded robber was brought to Seattle this afternoon. CLERGYMAN ACCUSED OF $189,000 MAIL ROBBERY EAST ST. LOUIS. Ian. 26.—A Federal warrant charging the Rev erend Guy Kyle, former rector Of the Free Methodist Church at Mount Vernon, III., with complicity In a $189,000 mail robbery at Mount Ver non January 14, was issued here today. Kyle who is in custody, is said to have confessed. SEATTLE MAN CONVICTED OF MURDERING NEIGHBOR SEATTLE, Wash., Jan. 26.— Peter Colagino yesterday was found guilty of first degree murder for the kill ing of Alec McOIbbon, a neighbor,! December 10 following a quarrel! over chickens. The jury, which in cluded three women, after four hours' deliberation recommended life imprisonment. BANDITS BOB COUNTY TREASURER OF $14,000 MARION, O , .Ian. 26.—Two ban dits (Mitered the office of the County Treasurer here today, knocked the Treasurer unconscious and escaped in an automobile with $15,000. MEMPHIS NEGRO CONFESSES MURDER OF WHITE BOY OF 5 MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 26.—.Mat-; tbew Huston, 16 year old negro.| today was alleged to have confessed| killing Frank Daily, a white boy of five, whose mutilated body was found on bis father's farm near here Tlie negro was at once removed to Nashville to avoid pojslble mob violence. ANTI-ALIEN LAND BILL IS ADOPTED. BY LEGISLATORS ; — . Measure Similar to California Legislation Passed * £j Unanimously. NOW GOES TO HOUSE Lower Branch of Nevada Leg islature Yet to Act Before Bill Becomes Law. CARSON CITY, Nev., Jan. 28.— 'The Neveda State Senate today ur. I animously adopted a resolution | amending existing laws to provid' that fov igners ineligible to become citizens cannot own or hold agri cultural, horticultural, grazing or mining property within the state o Nevada. The measure is modeled after recently enacted California j anti-alien land ownership le gislation. The resolution now goes to the House, where, supporters of the hii! j say, its passage Is believed certain Nevada Miners Accept 50 Cents Day Wage Cu GOOD SPRINGS. Nev., Jan .20 'Employees of the Yellow Tine Min have voluntarily accepted a wa reduction of fifty cents a day. f .1 lowing a conference with Super’ tendent J. A. Frederfckson, who ru > mitted figures to prove that tin company must operate at a.l low cost or suspend. The company immediately male a ten per cent cut in board and ar ranged to reduce prices in the com pany store for men with families. TACOMA, Wash.. Jan. 28.—Ta coma painters and paper hangers to day put into effect a voluntary re duction of wages averaging twelve and a half per cent. Damages for Sinking of Vessel by U-Boat Asked WASHINGTON, D. C., Jan. 28.— Suit against the Government for $2, 750,000 alleged damages for the sinking of the steamship Carolina off the New Jersey coast .June 2, 1918 by a German submarine was filed here today by the New York and Porto Rico Steamship Cofhpney. Tho suit marks the first atternp ' i re cover damages In such a case Creditors to Receive Something froni Wrec^ PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 28 —R eetver W. B. Whitcomb today an nouneed that after an analysis at the affairs of the Mortis Brother; Company, closed last month, he be lleved Hie creditors will receive anywhere from 84 to 98 cents on thr dollar. The deficit will probabl . total $700,000. • HAM AND EGGERS” HIT OLYMPIA, Wash., Jan. 26.—Sen ator Wray of Seattle today intro duced in the Washington State Le~ isiaturo a bill legalizing ten roue’ boxing matches. The measure is de signed to eliminate the ‘ ham n- I egg" variety of fighters. Industrial Decrease Shown 3,473,466 Workers Let Out WASHINGTON, I) .Ian. 2«.— Persons employed in industry Jan. 1, 1021 numbered 3, 473,466 less than a year ago, th»‘ Employment Service Bureau of the Department eT laihor announced today. San Francisco showed a reduction of approximately l.’l.t'OO; Portland, Oregon. 10,000; Seattle .Wash, 7,000 and Sacramento, Cal., G.Oiflt. The total decrease in Washington, Ore gon and California wae placed at 63,700. New York City led the country in the dcroases, 234,343 less per sons than a year ago being employed t h ere. Officials said the figures did not necessarily show widespread unem ployment as many workers had left the industries listed to engage in firming and other pursuits. Wages for farm labor eached the highest i point in history last year, it ws said I Washington’s Criminal Syndicalism Law Upheld OLYMPIA. Wash.. Jan. 26.—The Washington State Supreme Court t day handed down a decision declar itig that the State Criminal Syndica' ism Law is constitutional and a law ful exercise of tlio State's police powers. BONDING- COMPANY FAILS. CHICAGO, Jan. 26.--The Ameri - in Bonding and Casualty Company, with headquarters at Sioux City, to day was declared insolvent. The company has $100,000,000 of out i"taticlinst jHjliciea Its assets are de clared to be $3,000,000 and Its lis biiities somewhat less. It Is capita - ized at $500,000.